I'm new to arch and I have been trying to get my pcmcia network card to work with arch. I've run into a couple problems, which may be bugs.
First, there is no pcnet_cs driver on the installation disc. This prevents me from doing an ftp install (Which would be super nice and may solve my next problem:)
I finally got everything working. But then, I tried to upgrade the kernel, from 2.6.10 to 2.6.13. This made the pcmcia network card stop working correctly. Although the drivers load, when I try to run cardmgr, it reports, "no pcmcia driver in /proc/devices"
Has anyone else ran into these problems?
im sure there was a warning of
>>> IMPORTANT KERNEL UPGRADE NOTICE >>> ------------------------------- >>> As of kernel 2.6.13, DevFS is NO LONGER AVAILABLE! >>> If you still use DevFS, please make the transition to uDev before >>> rebooting. If you really need to stay with DevFS for some reason, >>> then you can manually downgrade to an older version: >>> >>> # pacman -U http://archlinux.org/~judd/kernel/kernel26-scsi-126.96.36.199-1.pkg.tar.gz >>> >>> If you choose to downgrade, don't forget to add kernel26-scsi to your >>> IgnorePkg list in /etc/pacman.conf >>> >>> (NOTE: The following portion applies to uDev users as well!) >>> >>> If you use any DevFS paths in your GRUB menu.lst, then you will not >>> be able to boot! Change your root= parameter to use the classic >>> naming scheme. >>> >>> EXAMPLES: >>> - change root=/dev/discs/disc0/part3 to root=/dev/sda3 >>> - change root=/dev/md/0 to root=/dev/md0 >>>
you may not have noticed it
you could also try kernel26-scsi or kernel24 or some other kernel in the repository or roll your own kernel
hmm, I did notice that message, and changed grub, but I didn't know it would influence pcmcia. Do you need devfs or something in order to use pcmcia cards?
I think you don't have PCMCIA control ioctl in your kernel because it's obsolete now. You can read in /usr/src/linux/Documentation/Changes:
PCMCIAutils replaces pcmcia-cs (see below). It properly sets up PCMCIA sockets at system startup and loads the appropriate modules for 16-bit PCMCIA devices if the kernel is modularized and the hotplug subsystem is used.
PCMCIA (PC Card) support is now partially implemented in the main kernel souce. The "pcmciautils" package (see above) replaces pcmcia-cs for newest kernels.
/etc/rc.d/pcmcia still uses pcmcia-cs, but you can try to install pcmciautils package and run it manually.